Like other Ridgway books, I thought this one was light-hearted with some depth. Ridgway writes with her usual whimsical way with her characters, location, & storyline. She also manages to tackle some heavy issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in the midst of all the whimsy. Hero & heroine engaged me, despite Hero’s avoidance & pushing away of heroine & people in his life. I liked how heroine’s simplicity & inner strength wormed its way into Hero’s resistant heart. Their sexual chemistry was instant, although it was hidden behind their arguments & sarcasm with each other. It made for some passionate sex scenes. Their romance developed gradually as heroine saw behind the angry & rejecting façade Hero was putting out & as Hero couldn’t control his growing feelings for her. The main challenge of their romance is Hero’s avoidance of deep emotions. It wasn’t until he faced some of his deep emotions including for heroine that their relationship had a chance for permanency.
Secondary characters were interesting, especially the minor romance between Hero’s sister & her distancing husband. They didn’t take away from the main romance & served to help it along & Hero as well in managing his PTSD.
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